The Saturday Osborne-Callahan Meeting

I'm not sure, but I think Nebraska fans are more interested in Saturday's meeting between Tom Osborne and Bill Callahan than tomorrow's Nebraska-Colorado matchup.  Will Callahan survive?  Does the coaching search start in less than 48 hours?  Every TV station will set up operations outside Memorial Stadium to await any potential announcement or clues from people leaving the building.

Personally, I think the focus on Saturday is a waste of time.  I don't think anything happens on Saturday, irregardless of what happens tomorrow.

Why?  First of all, I believe Tom Osborne when he says that he wouldn't make any decision before the end of the season.  That doesn't mean that he hasn't been thinking about things and looking into the situation.  Saturday's meeting is the opportunity for Osborne to talk to Callahan and his staff as to what happened this season and how the group intend to address the many problems that face the football program.  Up until now, the season was still underway and the coaching staff was focused on the next game.  Saturday is really the first opportunity for Osborne to gather input from the coaches.

Also, some in-state players will be traveling home after returning from Colorado to enjoy the holiday weekend with their family.  No way any decision is made without informing the team right away.  (Remember four years ago when the rumor mill ran wild until a press conference the next day where Benard Thomas asked Steve Pederson about his decision?)  A team meeting will immediately follow the decision, followed closely by a press conference.

On Saturday morning, the Bill Callahan show is going to be filmed at the HuskerVision studio.  Four years ago, Nebraska had to yank the Frank Solich show off the air after it had already been taped and sent out for broadcast.  Since Nebraska loses money if the commercials don't air, I would expect nothing to happen until after the show airs in Lincoln and Omaha on Sunday.

Saturday is also the Nebraska-Creighton basketball game, which is one of the high points of basketball season in Omaha.  Osborne spent much of this year working with Creighton's athletic department as a mentor to coaches like Dana Altman.  I just don't see any way Osborne does anything to divert interest from this basketball game.

My guess...nothing happens this weekend.  Monday afternoon at the earliest, and maybe not until later in the week.

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